Nine-year old, Garret McCollough reloaded and shot his 1st buck in Wayne County, MS using a youth Rossi .223 loaded with Sierra 55 gr. semi point #1350.
The following is written by Garrett’s father Lonnie McCollough –
“When I got out my reloading stuff, Garret would sit on a stool for hours watching me reload. Then I started letting him work the press for me. When youth season opened, I let him shoot a small doe for his first deer. He was hooked the rest of the season and I could not leave the house without him. He didn’t know I had ordered him a youth Rossi single-shot .223/20 gauge for his birthday, which was Dec. 20th. So before he got it, I asked if he would like to load his own shells for my gun, not knowing it was for his own gun that was coming.
So he got his gun, and the deer just didn’t seem to quit moving. We had been hunting in an old combine right behind his Grandpa’s house, which is where he killed the small doe. His uncle called him to tell him he had seen a buck following a doe around 3:30 pm. From then on it was ‘Daddy we got to go it’s almost 3 o-clock, we got to go.’
The last week of the season I decided no deer were to be seen. I said you’re a big boy now, we are splitting up, not expecting anything to move. Just about the time the sun went behind the trees, I heard him shoot. So I just got down and went to him just before dark and found the deer 30 yrds from where he shot him.
Garret told me, ‘I just got finished eating my crackers and picked up two leaves to play with like boats and here come that buck, and I had to wait a long time to get my shot.’ He made a perfect shot. Just in front of one shoulder and ending up just behind the other.”
Check out the recovered bullet!